Brun Valley Forest ParkSun 20 May, 2018

Regional level event

Explanation of Event levels

  • Training events are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport.
  • Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Most clubs run some 'mini series' throughout the year as local mid week events.
  • Regional events attract participants from around the local Region.
  • National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away,
  • Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships or the annual JK competition.



Simple Results

Controller's Comments:

Predictably, because of Judith's total commitment to providing satisfying courses, working with her was a pleasure. Courses were modified to our mutual agreement and the vast majority of competitors were pleased with the result. Winning times were about right for the shortest four courses,but we were very impressed with the blue and green leading times! In five visits to the area over the last eight weeks, I found the undergrowth conditions getting progressively worse, so well done to you all for defying them!

Some maths,finally. Time spent armchair controlling indoors - 4 hours approx.
Time spent outdoors - 22 hours approx.
I hope this was time well spent!

Jim Mitchell (PFO) Controller.

Organisers Comments:

What a cracking day for everyone, with many compliments received for Judith's courses. The weather, of course, helped with wall to wall sunshine and minimum river levels. We had competitors from much further away than our regular NW neighbours, no doubt for combined social and sporting reasons: STAG, SN, NOC, OD, WREKIN, CLARO to name but a few far flung clubs plus two guests from Poland! It was heartening to see several PFO members giving advice and guidance to several newcomers, for which we have received their thanks.

My task as Organiser was really quite easy as all the facilities are within a handspan and parking was never going to overflow.

Thank you Jim (Controller) and Judith (Planner) for all your labours in executing this event. Thank you too to numerous PFO helpers who acted as marshals at the entry gate (Peter), parking (Danny and Richard), registration/results (Carole/Wendy/Gillian/Alice/Christian), start (Helen/Kevin) and Finish (Paul). Also a cadre of control collectors drawn from the above list. Everthing was off site by 4:00PM and put away in our store by 4:45. Job done.

None of this would have come tto pass without landowners' permissions. Lanchashire County Council own the Registration cabin and part of the surrounding plantation, whilst Burnley Borough Council own the rest of the area. Both are always supportive and helpful to our cause.

Oh! And thanks, to you the competitor for tracking us down today. We know the area can be tricky: fast in places, remarkable in others and slow and thorny here and there. A perfect combination.

George Crawford-Smith - Organiser

Pre-event details below here:

The competition area runs along either bank of the River Brun and its tributaries. It is a patchwork of mature standing forest, old mine workings partly covered with regenerated young plantation and some contoured fields. There is a network of paths for public access around Rowley Lake and the forest. The new pedestrian river bridge makes planning the shorter courses much easier. See course information for river crossing details.

Other users: Brun Valley is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Please give way to other users. There are two vehicle access roads that run partway through the competition area. There is very little traffic as they serve only a handful of properties and some small car parks. All courses will use these roads, so do take special care when you run across or along them.


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Location Info

Near: Burnley, Lancs
Lat,Lng: 53.79711,-2.22784
OS Grid Ref: SD851334
Postcode: BB10 3LB

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Directions / Parking

Signposted off Queen's Park Road, Burnley. From the gate, proceed along the access road and park as directed.

If you are unfamiliar with Burnley, the best approach is to find Burnley Turf Moor football ground, then proceed north on the A6144, Belvadere Road, turn right at the first lights by the new Fire Station on to Ormerod Road, then after 400m left at the roundabout on to Queen's Park Road. After 250m enter the gate on the right as above..

Registration and Start times

Registration from 10:00 till 12:00.

Starts from 10:30 till 12:30.

Courses close at 14:30.

Course Information

Courses: Length: Climb: Notes:
Brown Not available
Blue 7.3 km 130m A3 map
Green 5.0 km 90m A4 map
Short Green 3.7 km 85m A4 map
Light Green 4.1 km 110m A4 map
Orange 3.4 km 65m A4 map
Yellow 3.1 km 65m A4 map
White Not available. Area not

All courses are long compared to recommendation due to some long running legs on easy terrain.

All course maps will be at a scale of 1:7500. Blue map is A3, all others are A4. Loose descriptions available at the Start.

Blue A3 map has a legend. All A4 maps DO NOT have a legend. If you need a legend, please ask at Registration for a copy of the ISOM2017 symbols.

Distances from Registration: To Start 250m. From Finish to download is less than 100m. Start times allocated at the Start.

River crossing: Shorter courses will use only bridge crossings, but longer courses may need to ford the main river. When the river is shallow in dry weather, there are many easy fording points, too numerous to mark on the map. There is one crossing point marked on the map which is usually fordable even in medium conditions. However, after heavy rain, wading may be dangerous, in which case bridge crossings will be made mandatory by the controller.

The controls, including the finish, will be enabled in contactless mode so that those with SIAC dibbers should not need to physically punch the controls. However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start controls which will not be programmed in contactless mode.

Entry Details

EOD only:

Adult (M/W21+) £7.00 on Blue, Green, S.Green and Light Green.

Adult £5.00 on Orange and Yellow.

Junior (M/W20-) £3.00 on all courses.
Dibber hire £1.00, but £40 if lost. (Note: These are conventional dibbers and NOT SIAC)

Dog restrictions

Dogs are permitted under control in the car park. Dogs are not permitted on courses. You may exercise your dogs responsibly in the competition area after your run.


Portaloos at Registration.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Judith Wood PFO, Controller: Jim Mitchell PFO, Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO